George Kamper on Photographing “Incredible Women” for EQ Living
May 10, 2018
For our latest shoot with Equestrian Living, a magazine celebrating country life, we tried to be cost-effective by traveling to one central region of the country where we could shoot for several days, sometimes squeezing in two to four locations in a day.
Fortunately for us, all the people we photographed were amazingly welcoming and down to earth. I can’t tell you how surprised I was when we pulled up to Martha Stewarts’ Maine estate to find her welcoming us with homemade muffins or shooting in Mindy Peters’ home in California and seeing the original Caddy Shack gopher under a glass case. Though, taking a buggy ride around Eileen Rockefeller’s estate was probably my favorite highlight!
My crew and I worked very quickly, utilizing primarily sun bounce reflectors and Canon 5D Mark II cameras. Most of the people we photographed allowed us access to their homes and stables. They also sat for a few in situation action shots. For the more formal architectural photos, I utilized a tripod and shot panoramics that my retoucher, Christine, stitched together and corrected for any distortion.
I utilized 16-35mm, 24-70mm and my favorite 85mm f/1.2 lenses for most of the shots. Occasionally I reached for the 70-200mm and the 14mm if the shot called for them. With regards to lighting the shots, we had just started carrying the new Profoto A1, which helped balance out the environmental lighting. When possible, the photos were captured as my wife Sherryl watched my iPad, which was synced to the camera through the Camranger. Sherryl also helps work with the talent. Wynn, our publisher, usually records the interviews and also asks the questions. Stephanie, the creative director and editor, drove the interviews and interfaced with the subjects while we shot.
Wynn and Stephanie made final selects from the web galleries and my retoucher Christine processed and edited all the selected files. We reviewed them together before submitting to the magazine.
The key to these shoots was making sure they were captured fast while having fun. And did I mention fast?
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